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P20M smuggled cigarettes seized off Zamboanga City

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Naval Forces Western Mindanao has apprehended a watercraft carrying smuggled imported tobacco products off Zamboanga City.

Military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said the operation, which took place in sea waters of Lower Calarian, Zamboanga City on Tuesday, April 9, resulted to the successful confiscation of 1,159 cases of undocumented assorted tobacco products and 49 reams of Canon cigarettes.

The seized items have an estimated market value of about P20 million based on the inventory conducted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The watercraft carrying the smuggled cigarettes was identified as MJ ANDREA 1.

The confiscated items were properly turned over to BOC Zamboanga while MJ ANDREA 1 was placed under the custody of the Philippine Coast Guard for proper disposition.

“The successful foiling of the illegal transport of smuggled imported tobacco products is a result of the continuous law enforcement support operations of the Philippine Navy,” Westmincom said.

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